Central Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and some of Florida's best beaches are within an hour's drive of the Orlando attractions
. Beaches in Central Florida are also known for surfing as they are completly exposed to the Atlantic storms. So grab your suit and board, take a break from the crowds and cool off at Orlando's closest beaches.
Cocoa Beach is all about the beach. The small wave capital of the world is perfect for beginning and experienced surfers alike. There are so many great hotels on Cocoa Beach, you can stay on the beach at the end of your day of fun in the sun. If you're ready for some fun and a break from Cocoa Beach's fabulous beaches, the Orlando attractions and the airport are less than an hour to the west, Making Cocoa Beach, Orlando's closet beach.
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Cocoa Beach Pier
The historic Cocoa Beach Pier stretches 800 feet in to the Atlantic Ocean. The Cocoa Beach Pier is located right on the beach there is so much to do here it could take you all day and well into the night if you choose. You can surf, go fishing, boating, swimming, play volleyball, shop, go to a restaurant or a bar or you can choose to do nothing but hang out and catch some rays.
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Jetty Park at Port Canaveral
Jetty Park is a great place to spend the day or weekend. You can hang out on the beach, fish on the jetty, have a picnic or camp overnight. Jetty Park is located in the southeast corner of Port Canaveral
in Cape Canaveral
. The park is 35 acres with a 4.5 acre family beach with designated areas for swimming and surfing, lifeguards are on duty year round. The 1,200 foot fishing pier
is lighted and open 24 hours. It features fish-cleaning tables with running water and is fully accessible to the physically challenged. There's also a concession area on the beach where you can eat under a seagrape hammock.
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Cape Canaveral is one of busiest cruise ports in Florida
, and a perfect home base for your Florida adventure. There are so many things to do in Cape Canaveral, like sail to an exotic Caribbean port on a luxury cruise ship, or stay in a posh hotel like the Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort. Your Cape Canaveral vacation can include fishing, boating or surfing on the Atlantic Ocean; trying your luck on a gambling
cruise or touring Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
. Later, you can relax and enjoy Port Canaveral's waterfront restaurants and nightlife.
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Sebastian Inlet is home to the best surfing on the East Coast and the Sebastian Inlet Pro surfing contest, the largest annual tournament on the Atlantic Seaboard. In addition to surfing, Sebastian Inlet State Park is also home to some of the best snook fishing in Florida
. With two fishing jetties, a tidal pool and camping, Sebastian Inlet is one of the most popular State Parks in Florida
. The Sebastian Fishing Museum, The McLarty Treasure Museum, a boat ramp, the mile-long Hammock Trail, picnic areas, a restaurant and wildlife viewing opportunities just add the available activities. Sebastian Inlet State Park near Melbourne, Florida has so many things to do it sometimes it's hard to decide, luckily the park offers more than you can do in one day.
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Daytona Beach & Ponce Inlet
Daytona Beach is about 90 minutes northeast of Orlando. Daytona Beach's vibrant shoreline, lined with hotels, motels, condominiums and houses, attracts over 8 million tourists each year. One of the best things about the beach is that you can drive on it. Ponce de Leon Inlet connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Halifax River and is located approximately 12 miles south of Daytona Beach, yet it's secluded and seems a million miles away. You can fish from the jetty, walk along the beach and even drive up to the jetty from the beach.
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By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com